Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cherry Christmas Cake, Gluten-Free

Cherry Christmas Cake, Gluten-Free

Last night we attended a Christmas party for our Bible study class in the home of one of the members. Since I am gluten-intolerant, I take food to these kinds of gatherings that I know I can eat in case there is nothing else on the table for me (although my hosts are very good about letting the guests know ahead of time that some gluten-free dishes would be appreciated).  I'm also taking a salad, but I'll post that recipe another time. Typed below is the dessert I made. 

Oh by the way, my husband, who does not have to avoid gluten, liked the idea of including a tub of non-dairy whipped topping beside this dish for those who might like that.

Cherry Christmas Cake, Gluten-Free
makes 8-10 servings.  Adapted from page 194 of Forks Over Knives where it was titled, "Cherry Pineapple Cake." I made some changes from the original recipe. 

Fruit Mixture:
1 can (14.5 oz) red tart cherries,* drained
1 can (1 lb. 4 oz) crushed pineapple,* drained
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1  1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup Bob's Gluten Free Whole Grain Oat Flour
1  1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup dry sweetener such as Xylitol
1  1/2 cups almond milk

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For the fruit mixture, combine the cherries, pineapple, coconut, honey, and walnuts in a 9x13-inch baking pan.

For the topping, combine the almond flour and oat flour, baking powder, sweetener, and almond milk in a small bowl.

Pour this mixture over the fruit. DO NOT STIR.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes.
Optional: serve with Cool Whip for those who may want it.

* You could replace the canned cherries and pineapple with equal amounts of any canned fruit (drained) for different flavors. For example, Apricots and peaches.


  1. Thanks for sharing, this sounds like a nice thing to bring somewhere. It's very difficult for me especially since I am an ethical vegetarian/vegan in some cases. (It's complilcated) : )

    Have you ever tried the walmart stevia in a bag? It measures cup for cup with sugar, it's good for baking.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Thanks for the tip, Amelia! I'll keep it in mind.